One Minute With: Jeremy Bowen, BBC journalist
Saturday 03 November 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm in the Simon & Schuster office. I can see a pile of books which I have to sign. Out of a grimy window is Gray's Inn Road.
What are you currently reading?
'In The Country of Men' by Hisham Matar. I'm half way through and I wish I'd read it last year when I spent a lot of time in Libya.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him
Milan Kundera. I like his view of the world.
Describe the room where you usually write
It's a small room in my house in south London. When I bought the house, it was a kitchen. There are lots of bookshelves and a wide, wooden worktop.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
I'd like to say Mr Toad but I don't know if I'm more like Ratty and Badger.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
I'm not a big hero-worshipper, but the best book I've ever read by a journalist is by Jon Swain. 'River of Time' is his memoir about being young and caught up in huge events in Cambodia and South Vietnam. He's a great reporter who is still a cool man about town. I'm a huge admirer.
Jeremy Bowen's new book, 'The Arab Uprisings', is published by Simon & Schuster
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